Heavy rainfall continues to affect the state of Kerala, and several districts are now faced with shortage of basic necessities such as water and electricity. One such affected district is Palakkad, as water released from the Malampuzha dam has inundated many parts and several rivers are overflowing.
A resident, Usha Nair, told TNM that after power supply was cut off at her home on Wednesday evening, it was restored only on Friday morning. “Water did seep into my home, but because we are on a slightly higher ground, the situation is not as bad. But my sister’s house which is in the low-lying Ganesh Nagar area, had water well above the knees,” she said.
Many areas like Ganesh Nagar have been affected, especially low-lying areas in the district and the surrounding areas next to Kalpathy river.
Santosh, a soft skills trainer and resident of Palakkad, tells TNM that water supply in the town has been affected because the water supply pipe broke.
MB Rajesh, MP from Palakkad, confirmed this and told TNM, “It is true water supply has been affected. It will take us 3-4 days to repair the pipe and restore it. But we will ensure that people in Palakkad are provided with drinking water through tankers.”
Rajesh added that Kerala State Electricity Board had shut off the power supply to the area because of the flooding, as a precaution against electrocution. “The power can only be restored once water levels recede,” he says. “Relief camps are our main focus now,” he added.
Rajesh also went on to add that the main area to be affected by the shortage of power supply is the Palakkad town area because unlike the outskirts, the town does not have many facilities for water to subside.
The state of Kerala on Wednesday was hit by heavy rains and in Palakkad district, the amount of rainfall received on Thursday increased from 4 cm on Wednesday to 21 cm on Thursday morning.